PhoneArena Awards 2012: App of the year

PhoneArena Awards 2012: App of the year
It isn't what your smartphone can do, it's what you can do with your smartphone. And for the most part, what you can do with your smartphone depends on what app you have installed on it. Speaking of apps, we got to try a lot of them over the past 12 months – some useful and easy to use, others not so much. A handful of these apps, however, stood above the rest, so we decided to dedicate an entire post to them.

Ladies and gents, today's category in the PhoneArena Awards of 2012 is for the app of the year! And actually, we won't be honoring a single application. Instead, we've decided to share with you our 5 favorite apps of 2012, just because the nominees for the top spot were so many. 

Now go check them out below and tell us what you think about the apps we've picked. Would you agree with our selection, or you'd rather recommend some other app as the best one introduced this year? Sound it off in the comments!

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49. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I'm not sure I'd call swiftkey 3 an app of the year. Using it on my note 2 is frustrating! maybe it's the Note 2 behind the scenes but it does not, nor will not learn many of the words I use. it constantly wants to replace common words like "Harley" with Harleyville.. wtf? It will NOT allow me to add words to the dictionary either. Def not a top app for me!

42. apexKBC

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

Phonearena do u give awards like worst & faulty app of d year. dan u know who its goin 2 be

40. Rayvelynn

Posts: 124; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

hahaha 3 out of 4 were android apps, take that apple, lol

37. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

None of PA guys use Lumia that's why they didn't include City Lens

29. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

apple has a tendency of ripping android and not getting sued. i wonder why android app makers simply rip off apple's keyboard. i think apple makes the best keyboard. keyboard and the app store is the only remaining bits of apple iphone i would like replicated or topped for android. however the new swiftkey flow is really good. its much better than 3

34. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

The only good thing about iOS's keyboard is the pop up you get when you press a letter. Other than that, I got nothing. I hate having to switch beaten letters and number, the symbols are on a whole other page, and why on earth would apple not put the dollar sign on the same page as the number? I think these other app makers make better keyboards and Apple should take notes.

21. The_Innovation

Posts: 649; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Question if I may. I have the latest Swift Key 3 keyboard (paid version), and there's one feature that annoys me, just like it annoyed me on the default Galaxy Nexus. The enter key, is a smiley face. I have to hold down the smiley so I can use the enter key (to skip lines in texts). Is there a way to change that so that the default is the enter key? And the smiley is activated with a long press? This only happens in the Messaging App, but it's annoying.

25. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I have Swiftkey as well (paid), and it's the opposite for me. Hold down enter to get to the smileys. It doesn't change when you switch themes either. I don't know what to tell you, it doesn't look like there are any settings for your issue. All I can say is to shorten the long-press duration time to make it a bit easier.

39. The_Innovation

Posts: 649; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

I think it's a matter of what phone you use. It optimizes based on the default keyboard you have. For instance, I bet your default Android keyboard doesn't have that smiley, and mine does on the Galaxy Nexus. So it laid out in that way.

41. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

That makes sense I guess. Looks like that's there to stay then, sorry mate

19. erdpov

Posts: 67; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

My list: Firefox (tablet version) for the best browser, Google+ is very beautiful and stylish social app, Google maps with street view, catch notes for the best notes, go launcher ex for the best launcher. This is my apps I use almost every day. Most of all I like Firefox browser on my galaxy note tablet.

23. The_Innovation

Posts: 649; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

You wouldn't rate Nova Launcher better than Go Launcher?

24. erdpov

Posts: 67; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

I've never tried it. But thanks for your comment. And I think nova doesn't have all these handy plugins, themes, customization of every aspect. Anyway I will install it to compare.

38. The_Innovation

Posts: 649; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Yea it doesn't have as many themes to go along with it, but it just looks more badass in my opinion.

17. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I'm not impressed with Google Now, so far. This morning, it suggested a longer route than what I normally take. I decided to launch the navigation app to see if my regular route was congested. In fact, my regular route was clear and was faster.

15. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

I agree with Google now, chrome for mobile, and pocket. They are really best app for this year. I'm using chrome in my galaxy tab 7.7 almost everyday since I update my tab to ICS. For pocket, I used it in dolphin browser, its easier to use, I still can't figure out how to use it in chrome for mobile.

14. EdwardG

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

Google Now and Chrome just for 4.0 and up.. this can be Apps of the year... if the apps works in all android version maybe could be... pocket not is funcional for me.. swiftkey and clear are Ads haha.. PD: don't check my english... maybe is bad XD

13. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

Google now... Seriously? I also find the s3's stock browser better than chrome.

28. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

It really is that good.

8. Peter27

Posts: 233; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

is PA being recently scared of putting anything apple there so the readers dint hate them, as I haven't seen anything apple in recent awards. they probably learned its not worth here as everyone is Android fan. or does apple really have nothing to offer anymore?

11. tedkord

Posts: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The latter.

6. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Nokia City Lens in my opinion. Btw, chrome is the worst app I ever installed

5. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I have no bones to pick except for the browser choice. I find Dolphin, Boat and Maxthon far better than Chrome

12. crankyd00d

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I will agree the performance of Chrome leaves much to be desired, but the others just don't have the syncing abilities Chrome has, they really are useful if you use Chrome on your PC

16. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

True.. but it's just not such an issue after you put a little effort in building up the browser manually.. at least in my case. The speed and smoothness of latest Dolphin with JetPack on S3 is just impossible to turn back to.

22. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Dolphin JetPack 'eh? Thanks for the tip....

20. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

The stock Motorola ICS browser is great. This is probably the best one, but only for Motorola phones. I have a Samsung tablet, and TouchWhiz on ICS is terrible. The browser crashes all the time. For that, I like to use Firefox.

4. josephnero

Posts: 795; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

UCCW for me

3. Insignificant

Posts: 192; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

I think it's the messages app of iOS (which is actually regarded as an app by Apple, check if you don't believe me). The static keyboard on the iPhone 5 changed everything again. And shows that Apple are headed in the right direction (which is subjective, as this is according to iOS maps only though).

7. ultimatebatman

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

how the heck is messaging an App of the year? You Apple fanboys really know how to grasp at straws. Google has the top 3 on the list because they actually innovate, performance be damned (worth noting that they also innovate with non-apps like Butter that save increase fluidity), unlike Apple who refuses to add anything new for fear of causing a flutter in their archaically simple OS.

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